Before you leave Greenville, stop at the in-town treasure of Falls Park on the Reedy, with waterfalls, gardens, graceful Liberty Bridge, and public art, just off revitailzed Main Street. On your way out of town, take a tour of the opulent Italianate masterpiece that is the Wilkins House, a remnant of the Gilded Age that sits on 23 manicured acres.
As you pass through Ware Shoals, stop in at Bioway Farm, a certified organic farm with a plant stand where you can buy vegetable, herb and woodland plants, seedlings, vines, shrubs and berry bushes.
Explore Greenwood’s parks and paddling, walking trails and tasty treats. The outdoor fun is all a prelude to international flavors and eclectic shopping.
Irvin Pitts Memorial Park lies along the shoals of the Saluda River, allowing visitors access to the river and several hundred yards of water-sculpted granite outcrops. It’s possible to (carefully) cross the river by rock hopping, even in areas where the river is 100 yards wide. In the summer, it's a popular spot for wading, tubing, kayaking and fishing. Water birds and catfish are plentiful, and an annual catfish festival is held here.
Lake Greenwood is a paradise for boaters and fishermen, but it also attracts nature lovers inclined to cling to the shore. In addition to campgrounds and playgrounds, there are beautiful walking and hiking areas. The Lake Greenwood Nature Trail is an easy 0.8-mile loop along the shore, winding through forests of pine and hardwood. You’ll see water birds enjoying the lake. Start at the Recreation Building, and follow the blue markers. While you’re out, stop in at the John and Holly Self Drummond Conservation Education and Conference Center for the interactive exhibit on the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The Blueway, a 34-mile trail for paddling, has brought kayakers, canoers and other water lovers to Lake Greenwood. Kiosks and signage on the Blueway increase paddlers’ knowledge of their environment, and paddlers can do short or long routes. Connect Lake Greenwood has several Paddle Runs each year that start at the Buzzard Roost Dam and go to various drop-off points for pickup.
Aromas is the kind of neighborhood place that feels just right for coffee with friends or a leisurely lunch with a book and a latte. Hot coffee, cold smoothies, soothing teas, fresh bagels and tasty sandwiches are available all day. And there’s always a sweet treat in store.
The Alcoves is a unique shopping experience, with more than 30 shops and boutiques, all in support of A Place for Us ministries for at-risk young women. Shops at The Alcoves include items for babies and brides, collegiate clothing, art, home décor, unique clothing and accessories, even an upscale thrift store. His Place is a Christian resource book center. Pamper yourself at the relaxing salon and spa, and have lunch at the bistro and bakery.
Try authentic Cuban taste for lunch or dinner at Buenavista. Come for the Old Havana ambiance, stay for the crunchy croquetas. The empanadas are a treat. And the Latin shrimp ceviche? Imagine shrimp soaked in lime juice, accented with Buenavista’s special tomato and orange juice sauce. Finish the meal with tres leche cake and a Cuban coffee.
Fig Fine Invitations and Gifts is another visual feast in Uptown Greenwood. Tasteful home and gift items, personalized stationery and announcements, classic monogrammed items to suit your personality—all waiting inside this beautiful store. High-end luggage and totes can make your next trip extra stylish. Bright colors and sleek designs add a happy look to housewares and linens. Spend some time browsing for a gift to take home, and a little something for yourself.
Bracelets and handbags and shoes, oh my! There’s no place like Blossom for stylish shoes and accessories. It’s enough to make a diva weep with joy. Wonderful wedges, luxe loafers, and slinky sandals are just the start. There are handbags galore, scarves and wraps, and jewelry in both classic and quirky styles. You’ll be a fashion star.
The sign says “Uptown Wine & Beer,” but Flynn’s is so much more. Yes, it’s a retail shop with a wide selection of. But it’s also a place for friends, neighbors and Uptown folks to gather in the evening and hear some good music from one of Greenwood’s many local musicians.It’s a place for tasting events and parking lot parties with food trucks. It has a funky, industrial look and a warm neighborhood vibe. Inside or on the patio, Flynn’s is an Uptown treasure.
Since 1953, David Lindsey Clothier has been providing quality clothing for both men and women. From Italian leather shoes to sneakers, from silk ties to Yeti coolers, from Hart Schaffer Marx sport coats to Costa sunglasses, David Lindsey has a broad range of products and lines, including Patagonia and all the college apparel you’ll need for football season. And they carry a full line of unusual accessories to help you make your mark. The staff is experienced and knowledgeable about both high-end tailored clothing and high-tech outdoor wear. They are ready to help you look your best.
Uptown Shoppers Market has 12,000 square feet of eclectic fun, with more than 65 vendors. You’ll find jewelry and antiques, home goods and vintage clothing, crafts and fabric, art and books, sports memorabilia and signage. The staff can customize products just for you or for a gift—get a personalized mailbox sign, book stack or monogrammed clothing. Check their Facebook page for paint parties and other events in the Craft Corner.
Since 1985, Montague’s has been the place to meet in Greenwood for upscale food, a friendly drink, and a familiar face. Steaks and seafood, an excellent selection of whiskeys, and servers who treat you like family are hallmarks of Montague’s. In a business where the average staff turnover rate is 85 percent, Montague’s is a rarity, with team members who have been part of the Montague family for more than 20 years. Whether you’re there for taco Tuesday, a special celebration, or great live music, manager TJ Jenks and his team will make your trip one to remember.